I used to pass by the places on deck,


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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Context: After setting off this voyage, Redburn thinks of his past and he compares his previous conditions to present circumstances.

Q: should not it be “the place” because Mr. Jones could stand only one place, right? In other words Does word “where” modify deck or “places”

And this reminds me how often I used to pass by the places on deck, where I remembered Mr. Jones had stood when we first visited the ship lying at the wharf; and how I tried to convince myself that it was indeed true, that he had stood there, though now the ship was so far away on the wide Atlantic Ocean, and he perhaps was walking down Wall-street, or sitting reading the newspaper in his counting room, while poor I was so differently employed.
  • Loob

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    English UK
    It doesn't seem to be an error: all the Google Books copies have "places".

    I suppose Mr Jones stood in several places during the visit.
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